Landscapers create and maintain gardens, parks and other outdoor areas.

Day-to-day tasks

As a landscaper, you would:

  • prepare sites for landscaping, using tools and machinery
  • work from a plan made by a garden designer or landscape architect
  • plant flowers, shrubs and trees, order supplies and sow lawns
  • build paths, walls, water features and rock gardens
  • advise clients on how to look after their green spaces

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • physical skills like lifting, bending and carrying
  • customer service skills
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • the ability to work well with your hands

Industry Qualifications

You could start as an assistant landscaper with a company and work your way up through training and promotion.

It might be helpful to have some related work experience when you apply for jobs.

You could take a course with the Royal Horticultural Society to learn more about the industry or do a qualification that may help you to get a job.

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